Aarhus finds being affectionate helps cut eldercare costs

The city of Aarhus reports that it has saved hundreds of millions of kroner by trimming the ranks of senior citizens receiving domestic care.

At a time when the number of senior citizens as a proportion of the entire population is rising, Aarhus reduced the number of people receiving help from 25 to 18 percent, while at the same time improving overall health levels and personal satisfaction.

The city said the plan “shows more affection and gives greater liberty to residents”, as well as expanding physical training programmes and rolling out technologies that make it easier for senior citizens to care for themselves.

Mandag Morgen

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